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“Israel failed to destroy Gaza’s tunnel network,” Hamas leader says

In Gaza, the head of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, said that Israel had failed to eliminate the tunnel network, which was one of its main targets during the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip last month.

It was another speech in which Sinwar claimed triumph, detailing how Hamas had thwarted Israel’s military objectives.

Sinwar claimed that just about 3% of Hamas’ huge tunnel network had been damaged, contradicting Israel’s claim that its airstrikes had caused unparalleled damage to the movement.

According to Gaza’s health authorities, 192 individuals were killed or injured due to Israeli bombardment on Gaza, including 58 children and 34 women. There were also 1,235 injuries. Hundreds of militants are said to be among the dead, according to Israel.

After days of growing violence between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, Israel and Hamas clashed.

Hamas has requested Israeli police evacuation from the area and the Arab-majority Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood nearby, where Palestinian residents were being forced to leave by Jewish settlers. When Israel failed to heed Hamas’ warnings, the group launched rockets.

Weeks of rising tension in East Jerusalem culminated in a series of clashes with police since the start of the holy month of Ramadan in mid-April and stoked Palestinian rage.

The danger of Jewish settlers evicting Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem, as well as Israel’s annual commemoration of its occupation of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war, known as Jerusalem Day, added to the rage.

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